Ben Horowitz: The Wartime CEO Playbook

Ben Horowitz: The Wartime CEO Playbook
Auren Hoffman
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October 31, 2023
October 24, 2023
Ben Horowitz: The Wartime CEO Playbook

Ben Horowitz is the cofounder and CEO of Andreessen Horowitz, the most influential venture capital firm of the last 20 years. Few people in VC have more insight, or have made bigger bets on the future of tech than Ben. 

Ben and his firm Andreessen Horowitz (also known as a16z) have invested in some of the biggest companies out there, including AirBnb, Coinbase, Facebook, Instacart, GitHub and Oculus. Prior to his VC career, Ben founded Opsware/Loudcloud, which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard for $1.6 billion. He’s also the author of the bestselling books The Hard Thing About Hard Things and What You Do Is Who You Are.

In this episode of World of DaaS, Ben and I discuss data moats, AI vs software, and the nuances of the modern VC. Ben starts by exploring whether AI will eat the world like software has, and who the winners and losers of the AI revolution might be.  

We also explore one of Ben’s best-known management concepts: wartime to peacetime CEOs, and how every CEO should be thinking about strategy and adaptability during broader tech headwinds. Ben's offers a candid perspective on how to build the right culture and what sets Andreessen Horowitz apart in the venture capital world.

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You can find me on Twitter at @auren and Ben on Twitter at @bhorowitz.